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The Difference between 引っ越すvs 移るJapanese Grammar

引っ越す’ vs ’移る’ Japanese Grammar

引っ越す (hikkosu)

Although the meaning of the words seem to be very similar the meaning behind these terms is different. 引っ越す’means to move location while the 移る means to move, as in movement, or changing department.

This is a JLPT N4 level vocabulary term and we will start with 引越す / 引っ越す.

Kana: ひっこす
Kanji: 引越す / 引っ越す
Romaji: hikkosu

Type: Verb

Being a verb, verbs usually convey a meaning of action, or a state of being. In this case 引っ越す is the verb of moving location. For example when moving a house.



watashi wa toukyou ni hikkosu tsumori da.

I intend to move to Tokyo.


Anata wa hikkosu no desuka?

Are you going to move?

移る (utsuru)

The term ‘utsuru’ means to move onto something other than what you are doing at the moment, being just movement or just moving on a different page or area.

移る (utsuru).

Meaning: to move; to transfer (department)​

to change the target of interest or concern

Type: Verb, Godan verb, Intransitive verb




watashi wa tsugi no wadai ni utsuru.

I’ll move on to the next topic.

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